Assistant Engineer

  • 455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, California
  • Jun 08, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance Engineering
  • Salary: $107,947.06 - $131,211.34 Annually USD

Job Description



The current vacancy is in the Engineering Department

Why join the Engineering Team in the City of Milpitas?

Milpitas is a rapidly changing city. Good engineering and design of all public improvements ensures that the City of Milpitas continues to serve our residents, businesses, visitors, and community at large with a safe and attractive City to live, work, and play.

The City of Milpitas has an Engineering Department dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Milpitas with well-engineered City infrastructure projects and safeguarding the City's resources and the environment.

Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality engineering services to the citizens we serve. We are proud to know that our contributions make a difference to the community we serve as we grow our own careers.


The Assistant Engineer will perform professional and technical engineering work in assigned area of responsibility including, but not limited to design and construction, utility engineering, land development, building renovation, and/or traffic engineering.

This is the journey-level class in the professional engineering series. Positions in this class possess the applicable educational and training background required for classes in the professional engineering series, as well as practical work experience.

The Assistant Engineer is distinguished from the Junior Engineer by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned with only minimal instruction or assistance from a higher-level professional engineer. Incumbents work independently, seeking assistance only as new or unusual situations arise. Positions in this class can be flexibly staffed and filled by advancement from the Junior Engineer class.

Examples of Duties

  • Perform professional and technical engineering work relative to projects assigned, including but not limited to design and construction, land development, building renovation, traffic engineering, and/or utility engineering.
  • Respond to question from contractors, developers, construction inspection staff, and the general public related to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Design, prepare, and/or review plans and specifications for public works projects including pumping stations, streets, storm drains, sewer lines, building renovation, and related projects.
  • Research project design requirements; perform calculations and prepare estimates of time and material costs.
  • Investigate field problems affecting property owners, contractors, and maintenance operations; resolve problems or refer as appropriate.
  • Request and/or participate in the collection of survey and mapping data.
  • Prepare estimates and feasibility reports for new or modified services and structures, Participate in the plan check, review, and processing of plans for private developments affecting city streets, sewers, drains and related public works facilities; assure compliance with appropriate codes, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Coordinate, develop and administer special assessment districts relative to the provision of public works improvements and services; meet with affected parties and explain the process, purpose and procedures.
  • Assume responsibility for land and easement acquisition.
  • Participate in and conduct traffic related studies and surveys; collect and compile relevant data including information on accidents, traffic flows, signalization, and other related statistics.
  • Prepare visual presentations and reports.
  • Review design/construction plans and specifications and recommend approval for construction.
  • Administer the advertisement and bidding of public works projects.
  • Participate in the projection of sewerage capacity including estilnating future sewer discharge and water consumption.
  • Check developments for water and sewer Master Plan conformance.
  • Prepare special engineering studies and reports.
  • Coordinate engineering activities with other City departments, divisions and sections and with outside agencies.
  • Operate computer system as assigned including data entry and output; development of programs, troubleshooting and updating current systems; coordinate activities with data processing.
  • Contract with, and manage, professional engineering consultants.
  • Manage public works construction projects from design through completion of construction.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • When assigned to Traffic Engineering:
  • Performs professional and technical engineering work relative to traffic engineering projects including design, drafting, the collection & analysis of traffic engineering data and investigation of requests for traffic controls.
  • Design, prepare and/or review plans and specifications for street improvement projects
  • Participate in and conduct traffic related studies and surveys; collect and compile relevant data including information on accidents, traffic flows, signalization, and other related statistics.
When assigned to Traffic Engineering:
Assistant Engineer assigned to the Traffic Engineering Division working under general supervision, performs a variety of technical field and office traffic engineering support duties including design, drafting, collection & analysis of traffic engineering data, deployment of substantially heavy traffic data collection equipment, and investigation of requests for traffic controls.
Typical Qualifications
Knowledge of :
  • Principles and practices of engineering as applied to public works, utilities, building renovation, transportation, or land development.
  • Applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Methods, materials, tools and equipment used in engineering construction.
  • Principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry and their application to engineering.
  • Applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works, building renovation, and utilities projects.
  • Modern standards of alignment, grade, and compaction of streets.
  • Topographic and construction surveying.
  • Requirements for protecting and improving buildings designated as historical structures.
  • Strengths, properties and uses of engineering construction materials.
  • Property acquisition process and street vacation process.
Ability to :
  • Prepare plans and drawings neatly and accurately.
  • Make engineering design computations and check, design, and prepare engineering plans and studies.
  • Learn and understand City engineering policies and procedures.
  • Learn applicable laws and regulatory codes applicable to areas of assigned responsibility.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Perform civil engineering computations, including but not limited to: surveying, open channel flow, pressure pipe, flexible pavement design, traffic design, and building seismic improvements.
  • Prepare reports encompassing raw technical data; make effective cost estimates and recommendations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff, developers, contractors, engineers, construction inspectors, and the general public.
  • Read and interpret engineering maps and survey documents.
  • Design common engineering structures and facilities.
  • Use drafting and surveying instruments to prepare maps, plans, cross-sections and profiles.
  • Prepare quantity take-offs and cost estimates
  • A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or other engineering discipline.
  • Two years of civil or related engineering experience comparable to that of a Junior Engineer in the City of Milpitas.
License or Certificate:
  • Possess and maintain throughout employment an appropriate, valid California Driver's License.
  • Possess an Engineer-in-Training Certificate accepted by the State of California Registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the State of California is desired BUT not required.

Other Requirements:
Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:
Typically, work is performed primarily in an office environment and at construction sites; exposure to outdoor elements; extensive use of the telephone, radios, and computers with repetitive keyboarding; ability to walk on uneven ground; reach (including overhead), squat, bend, lift, crawl, and, climb; push, pull, and carry up to 30 lbs; drive to various locations daily within and outside the City of Milpitas; ability to work safely in a hard-hat construction zone is essential; exposure to construction-related chemicals and products; may be required to crawl in confined spaces.
Supplemental Information
  • Receives general supervision from a higher-level professional engineer.
  • May provide technical guidance over positions at the Junior Engineer level and/or technical staff.
  • May provide project-related guidance over construction inspection staff within the engineering division.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Milpitas will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Human Resources Department.

The City of Milpitas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Membership in CalPERS (2% at 60 or 2% at 62 with three year average salary). City of Milpitas employees do not participate in Social Security, but do contribute to Medicare.ProTech members participate both in CalPERS, and the LIUNA pension fund. The current cost of the LIUNA pension fund is $1.39/hour.

Choice of CalPERS Medical Plans. City pays coverage up to the Kaiser rate (currently $2,228.36/mo. for family). Employees who waive health coverage are eligible to receive $125 per month in lieu of medical plan coverage with proof of other coverage.

Employees are eligible upon CalPERS retirement from the City to receive up to 100% retiree medical coverage (currently based on the Kaiser health rate), based on years of service.

City provides full family coverage for Delta Dental and MES Vision at no cost to the employee.

City provides $50,000 term policy. Supplemental employee-paid life insurance is available up to $500,000, based on carrier acceptance.

City provides a Short-Term Disability plan similar to State Disability Insurance (SDI) coverage. Employees do not participate in SDI. Long-Term Disability coverage of 60% of base salary up to $1,500 per month is available after a 60-day waiting period. Additional buy-up options for LTD are available up to $6,000 per month.

City contributes $75 per month on the employee's behalf.

Hourly employees earn 11-31 days of vacation based on years of service.

Employees receive 12 paid holidays and one (1) floating holiday per year.

Employees earn 12 days annually.

Employees are eligible to receive up to $1,400 per fiscal year in tuition reimbursement.

Employeesare offered free access to City-sponsored sports and fitness programs.

The City also offers a flexible spending benefits plan, employee assistance program, and other voluntary insurance. Contact Human Resources (HR) at 408-586-3090 or for more information on employee benefits.


Do you possess a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you possess an Engineering-in-Training Certificate accepted by the State of California? This certificate is desired BUT not required.
  • Yes
  • No


Please indicate your years of civil or related engineering experience.
  • Two years or more years of experience.
  • One year of experience.
  • No years of experience


I understand that I am applying for the Assistant Engineer position, if interested in the Junior Assistant position I will complete and submit the Junior Assistant application for consideration.
  • I acknowledge that I have read and fully understand the above information.

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455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, California 95035 United States View Map